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NCJ Number: 120709 Find in a Library
Title: Modern Approach to Burglary Investigation
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:37  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:89-93
Author(s): P Godwin
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Effective case management of a police department's burglary unit, including assignment and information control, would prioritize its investigations, beginning with the serial criminal.
Abstract: Manhours and resources would be spent on cases with the best chance of successful prosecution and committal of offenders to the criminal justice system. A sample priority system would include cases involving in-custody suspects, cases in which the elements of the crime are established and a suspect identified, cases in which the elements are established and there are leads to a suspect, cases in which the elements are incomplete but a suspect identified or the reverse, and cases in which there is no suspect information. Assignments should be made on the basis of motive, not geography. A computer-controlled data base, possibly run on an IBM XT compatible computer using a dBase program, is essential to information control. It should contain case information, suspect information, and property records; fields useful for tracking crime trends can also be added. A sample data base demonstrates the utility of this approach.
Main Term(s): Computer aided investigations
Index Term(s): Burglary; Investigative techniques
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